Feedback on Roll Scan Midi Files

Since deciding to make my midi files freely available, interesting and encouraging feedback has emerged, largely from the community of Disklavier, PianoDisc, Pianomation and Pianocorder owners, along with a newly emerging community of people owning pneumatic player pianos equipped with e-valves. Here's a sampling:

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Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2007 13:47:24 -0700
From: Michael Andrew (michael@michaelandrew.com)
Subject: Piano Rolls

I wanted to drop you a line to tell you how wonderful it is to have  
these piano rolls preserved and archived.

As a kid, I rebuilt player pianos. I was trained (somewhat) by a  
master rebuilder named Arnold Neuhaus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I  
rebuilt many pianos including a beautiful Walnut Upright with a  
standard action that I still own.

The thought of having this library available to people with new  
electronic pianos is amazing. You've brought back a lot of memories  
from my youth as I played hundreds of those rolls when I would test  
the pianos. I feel like I know every note of some of them.

I'm tempted to build a scanner... or buy one and be a part of  
scanning the rolls.

Thanks again,

Michael Andrew

www.michaelandrew.com

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Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 12:54:48 +0000
To: disklavier@yahoogroups.com

Re: You'll never run out of music again
    
Posted by: "Colin" evinruding@yahoo.com 

I hope you like music from the 10's, 20's and 30's because theres a 
lot of it in this archive. Many of the files came from the hard work 
of Terry Smythe in Canada.

99% of the files I've played, have worked perfectly on my c3 Wagon 
grand. No, I have not played them all.

Be sure to play "Aggravatin Pappa", its a real swinger. "The birth 
of the blues" makes my c3 absolutely sing. Theres also some 
selections called "dinner music" that are fantastic. Let me know 
what your favorites are, as like I said, I havent heard them all.

Theres like 4,426 Files in this archive. I dont think any of it is 
copyrighted, and I think that the composers and the artists who 
played this music would feel good that people like us are still 
enjoying their music, even so long after their deaths.

I have it organized into self explanitory folders, expression, non 
expression etc. I suggest using van bascos free karaoke player (not 
just for karaoke) to play your piano. Its 55mb zipped, so the 
download will take a few minutes, even if you do have hi speed 
internet. Even if you dont, its worth the wait.

The files in the "expression" folders are roll scans from expression 
capable pianos such as the Welte, Duo-Art, and the Ampico. These 
songs capture every nuance of how the piece was played by the 
original recording artist. Kinda neat to think about.

If you need help setting up the van basco player to work with your 
usb midi adapter post here and I'll see if I can help, but its 
actually very easy, and its way better than fiddling around with 
720k diskettes all night long.

Heres the link to the Van Basco Software 
http://www.vanbasco.com/download.html

And heres the link to the midi file archive:

http://www.tecrepair.com/midi.zip

In order to avoid bloating the groups bandwidth, I put the zip file 
on my own server. I only have so much bandwidth, and since thats the 
case I'll probably pull it down after a few days, so download it 
soon.

If you enjoy them as much as I have send me a virtual beer!

http://www.beermonthclub.com/sendavirtualbeer.asp

Cheers,

Colin Cooper
San Jose, CA

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Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 
From: "Jeff S." (gentleman113@yahoo.com)

Recently I ran across your web site on roll scanning.
I am so pleased that you and others have been so
dilligent at preserving this musical heritage.
I'm sure there are many, many more music rolls out
there to scan. But I had a question, has anyone been
preverving the words to the songs and building some
sort of database of these songs?

Keep up the good work!

Jeff Stauffer - Tulsa, Oklahoma

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and my reply:

To: "Jeff S." Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 Have faith! It's coming! It was about 17 years ago that I lamented through the pages of our AMICA official journal that music rolls were dying, and would somebody please come up with a computer solution to somehow capture the content of music rolls as a computer file while still possible to do so. Three years ago, after many years of effort, Richard Stibbons in the UK presented the world with a solution. For past 3 years, we have been happily converting music rolls to midi. But not the lyrics, nor the printed instructions on pipe organ rolls. A year ago, Larry Doe presented the world with a roll scanner capable of capturing printed data simultaneous with perforation data. There are now 9 people with his new scanner. I am one of them. See: http://members.shaw.ca/smythe/MK4.htm Scroll down through the pics and you will see that lyrics are now part of the file. Evolution is working in our favour. Three years ago, we had nothing but a dream, now we have the ability to capture lyrics and the music. What we do not yet have is a method of automatically migrating the lyrics from the scan file over into the midi file, karaoke still. We are perceiving as next evolutionary step, a large screen display of both the scan file and the midi file, scroll locked together side by side. A visual/manual transcription will then be possible. It is highly unlikely that OCR software will ever be developed that can "read" and interpret the "stencil" font used to print lyrics. Just not possible. As an option today, you have a fighting chance of acquiring lyrics from somewhere in the vastness of the internet. A Google search of a tune title will often turn up a web site somewhere containing the lyrics. Relatively easy if the title is made up of several words. Gets tough when the tune title is a single word. Sorry for this rambling answer. What you wish for is coming. For now, other options will have to suffice. Regards, Terry
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 15:31:16 -0500 From: David Wilt (david@cmdenterprises.biz) Thanks and congratulation for creating and maintaining your site. You are doing a great service for those of us who enjoy the music and artists pre-1950. I own a PianoDisc system and have been searching for more content, particularly older tunes, so I am very happy to have found your site. Thanks again for your good work. David L. Wilt Richmond, VA 23238 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "Alden Wayne" (oldfriendwagonmaker@yahoo.com) Date: Mon Oct 23, 2006 Again you have done a fantastic job. Alden ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 19:50:34 -0600 From: Kevin Utter (kvutter@frii.com) Subject: Re: Piano Roll Library, Love it! Hi! I am still working through the 88-note rolls, and still have a long way to go in those. What a lot of rolls!!! It's wonderful! Kevin ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 30 Sep 2006 From: Mike Bryant (mike@pianosolutions.net) Subject: Many thanks... I work for a piano retailer and we sell a lot of new digital player pianos as well as converting dead pneumatic players to digital. I just wanted to thank you for your archive of great Midi tracks. I have customers who enjoy putting together their own player CD's by downloading midi files and converting them (with free software online) for use in QRS's player systems. Your site has been a lot of fun to explore. We have done several conversions of Welte, Ampico, and Duoart to digital players and its nice for those players to utilize the music originally designed for the piano. Thanks for your hard work Mike +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 From: Kevin Utter (kvutter@frii.com) Subject: Piano Roll Library, Love it! Hi! I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying your collection! At one time I had an 88-note upright player, and perhaps some 50 old rolls (and some modern ones) which I enjoyed playing. Unfortunately I had to sell it when my mom died, her house had to be sold, and I didn't have room for it! With the excepttion of not being able to "expressively pump" anymore, I am so glad the midi rolls are available to hear. Interestingly, I haven't run across many of the rolls I used to own in your collection of files, although I haven't had a chance to look at all of them yet! (What a collection!) Anyway, thank you for your time and generosity! Kevin ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 14:44:04 -0700 From: Don Munro (the-munros@shaw.ca) I stumbled on your stuff a couple of weeks ago, finally got back to browsing your site and all that I can say is WOW!!! I have "fiddled around" with MIDI for years and collected lots and lots of MIDI ragtime. Your historical archive is a whole new world for me. I don't have any rolls or a player piano, but I have a good sound system in my computer and I have collected (and bought) several good sound fonts. Your scanned MIDI files are really great. Thanks very much Don Munro Duncan, BC ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 10:39:58 +0100 From: Leona Gumbley (leona@gumbley.fslife.co.uk) Subject: Your Site I have recently visited your site and could not believe it. I have owned several pianolas over the years and have restored them also. A couple of years ago I sold my last two when I moved house. I could not handle the weight of them anymore. I now own a Yamaha 309 Grand Piano Midi. So you can imagine the excitement when I found your site. There is no time to go to bed now! Just a message to say thank you for your efforts in retaining a lot of musical history, As a matter of interest I had an old roll in my collection called "Some day you will want me and I wont want you" which was unplayable and I managed to get it copied on Playrite. You see it had so many perforations on the roll, I KNEW IT MUST BE INTERESTING. Well I WAS NOT DISSAPOINTED. It's unique and would sort out any pianola faults, it's a standard 88 roll and I STILL HAVE IT. Have you heard of it? It's played by Victor Arden (Leclere) Anyway thanks a lot Duncan Gumbley in Cheshire, England +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 19:26:52 -0500 From: Wade Newton (a0001937@airmail.net) Last night I discovered that you had midi files of Wurlitzer 125 music and I was just thrilled to death. I just wanted to send you a note to THANK YOU!! for providing these files. I also want to thank you and the other contributors for the work you are all doing to preserve all this great music. I think making these file easily available for free was a great idea as this helps to ensure that there will be multiple sources for these files in the future. Thanks again, Wade Newton Fort Worth , TX ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 06 Apr 2006 09:47:27 -0400 From: Michael Jay Jones (n9544c@aol.com) Thank you so much for continuing this work. I thought I read not long ago where you said the upload would likely be the last one. I was very pleasantly surprised when I saw an additional download and now #23! I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed these roll scans. I also think you are doing a better job at digitizing these than others. Believe it or not, I can usually tell if a piece was done on your scanner or not. I do not know if it is the skill of the operator, the quality of the equipment, or both but the music sounds very very natural. Thank you again, Regards, Michael Jay Jones Schaumburg, IL M100 II Disklavier ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 27 Feb 2006 From: Flavio Cipparrone (flavioamc@ajato.com.br) Congratulations for your work. I have donwload some of your scanned midi files and played them on my Clavinova CVP 307. They are great. Lawrence Cook is one of my favorites. Regards, Flavio +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 From: Dan O'Connor (doconnor@eacorp.com) Thank you so much for the fine work and posting of the files. I saw your name and could not remember if I ever thanked you personally. I have downloaded all of the files and have enjoyed searching through for songs I know and those I have never heard or heard of. Daniel J. O'Connor, Sr. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 From: AB (aub.b@cox.net) I have always wanted to play piano. Alas, having been born during the depression years my family could not afford lessons, much less a piano. I always loved player pianos, as this was as close to having someone play your favorite tunes in your favorite style as I could get. Never owned one but played them incessantly when the opportunity presented itself. Now you have made it possible for me to virtually have my own player piano. I have almost all of your scans and I want to say thank you for this wonderful contribution to saving these old rolls, and also for giving us the chance to have them in our home. I have converted them to wav. files and have several cd's of them. It's almost like being there to hear in person these great artists. One change I did make was to convert the acoustic piano to honky tonk. I saved the originals also. So thank you from all of us old-timers who will continue to listen and enjoy these rolls for years to come. Your unselfishness in providing them free is unbelievable. Sincerely, Aubrey Bullard +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2006 15:03:00 -0800 From: Richard Canedo (rcanedo@gia.edu) I'm amazed and delighted to hear my piano rolls for the first time! Also glad for the opportunity to have contributed, in a small way, to your important music preservation efforts -- people around the world can freely enjoy piano performances that were in danger of being lost forever... Many thanks. Richard Canedo ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2005 21:45:27 -0800 From: lunardi (lunardi@sbcglobal.net) You are the man! Many thanks to you, and I wish there were some way also to include all the other people who have contributed their resources to the roll preservation effort. Rich Lunardi San Mateo, CA +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 09:57:54 -0500 (EST) From: RJTolsma@aol.com Thank you again for all your work on these rolls and for making them freely available to one and all. I cannot tell you how much enjoyment they have given me over the past years. Rich +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 08:36:42 -0800 From: Theta Sigma WooHoo! These are fabulous - thanks so much! -=mark=- +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2005 19:41:52 -0800 (PST) From: Bruce Grembowski (grembowski@yahoo.com) Thanks very much for this latest bunch and for all the others! They are so wonderful to listen to and watch playing! TTFN, Grem +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2005 22:32:13 +1000 From: milinkovic family (dmilinko@bigpond.net.au) Thanks Terry for sharing your collection on the net. I was very pleased to stumble onto your site filled with wonderful player piano music. It have been fascinated with player pianos since I was a child and have always longed to own one - now I can listen to all those grand old tunes any time I want! I have been busily converting the MIDI's to WAVE's and making some CDs for myself - your hard work is bringing me a great deal of pleasure. Good luck with your search for more piano rolls to add to your collection - those who enjoy the music thank you. Keep up the good work. Many thanks Dee Milinkovic [Australia] ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 09:58:16 -0500 From: Garret Gengler (garretg@uiuc.edu) Subject: Piano roll scans I stumbled on your site yesterday, and I'm blown away... your piano roll scans are amazing! It's amazing to think that we're bringing a nearly-100 year old performance to life again... Garret Gengler University of Illinois +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 From: Dennis Rathert (German5@swbell.net) Subject: Player Piano Rebirth Site I enjoy your site with the zip files of old piano rolls very much and think you are doing the world a wonderful service by scanning and preserving these rolls for posterity since the paper rolls are surely decaying rapidly. Thank you again for all your efforts in preserving this part of musical history. Dennis Rathert +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 11 May 2005 00:43:35 -0400 (EDT) From: Steve Shaw (jsshaw@excite.com) Subject: Player Piano Rebirth Website I have just discovered your web site and I wanted to say "Thank You" for such a wonderful resource! I have had a fascination with player pianos since childhood; I have always wished that I could own one. Now, with the help of your wonderful downloads, I can (virtually, of course). Thank you for making this resourse available to the public. You are a philanthropist in the truest sense. Appreciatively, Steve Shaw South San Francisco, California +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2005 21:56:56 -0400 From: a wolos (awolos@optonline.net) Subject: Player Piano Roll Scans I just had the pleasure of finding your wonderful online collection of Piano Rolls. Having grown up in a household with an old fashioned Victrola, 78's, and everyone singing WW I songs, I have been an obsessive audiophile of old recordings, ragtime, salon music, operettas, classical and other quality performances spanning almost 100 years. I cannot tell you how happy I was to find your treasure trove... I truly appreciate and recognize the amount of work, energy and effort that went into all you have done. I can assure you that my teenage daughter, who was raised to love the same kind of music, and myself, will enjoy these recordings for years to come. Thanks for your efforts and contribution... Andi Wolos Long Island, NY +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2005 22:24:31 -0400 (EDT) From: Labryant19@aol.com Subject: A Thank You Note I live in a retirement community and am somewhat limited in mobility. For diversion,entertainment and mental development I spend several hours a day on the computer.While I am not a musician I enjoy good music very much. It was my great fortune to learn of your web site recently and it has been a joy to add your piano rolls as background music while I am on line. I can imagine the countless hours which you devoted to this worthwhile project. Your unselfish decision to share the end product, though still developing, with the world is very much appreciated.You are indeed a rare individual who obviously enjoys bringing happiness to others. In appreciation I will spread the word among my circle of friends. God Bless. L. A. "Jim " Bryant . ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2005 11:55:18 -0500 From: Denise Maier (denise@maierdesign.com) Subject: piano music Thank you ever so much for this!! The music is fabulous!!! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2005 09:24:19 -0500 From: Vernon Scott (vpscott@cox.net) Subject: Question about piano rolls As a lover and performer of old-time popular piano, I wish to commend you for playing a major roll in the roll-to-midi preservation movement. Although many of the pieces can already be found in midi format on the web, here we get the unique arrangements (often "tricked" up) of people that specifically arranged or performed for player pianos. This is a marvelous thing you and others are doing!! I fully expected piano rolls to only appear in dusty museums in the next century! Now, a whole new outlook is possible. Thanking you in advance for helping this newbie become better acquainted with the accomplishments of you and your friends. And again, thank you, thank you. Dr. Vern Scott Oklahoma State University) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2005 08:42:03 -0400 From: Alan W Black (awb@cs.cmu.edu) Subject: player piano roll scans: thanks Thanks for taking the time to put all these piano roll scans online. Lots of good music. Alan W Black Language Technologies Institute Carnegie Mellon University ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2005 From: Dr Brett Wayn (brett@brettwayn.com) Subject: amazing work I am sure I'm not the first person to do this, but I discovered your site today after reading about it on an XML feed. I have downloaded several of your libraries, and imported into Apple's Garage Band, chosen a suitable midi instrument, exported into iTunes and play them as audio files over my wifi network streaming to either my bedroom or lounge. If that has not gone some way to your goal of preserving the work of these great artists for generations to come, I don't know what has! Cheers Brett (Sydney, Australia) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 22:56:41 +0000 (GMT) From: "danyhkim2@juno.com" Subject: re: Piano Rolls to MIDI I am very appreciative of your effort to preserve these archives of music, and I am impressed with your energy and resourcefulness. Thank you for your great contribution. Daniel Kim danyhkim2@juno.com ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 12:17:27 -0700 From: Craig Kuehne (ckuehne134@yahoo.com) Subject: Your piano rolls!! Thank you for converting these piano rolls. What a great way to share this music with everyone! Craig Kuehne +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 08:46:34 -0700 From: Chris Danes (chris102@aol.com) Subject: how wonderful! and delightful- the internet at it's best! Just saw your site, having been directed there from "BoingBoing"- and have enjoyed a couple of your oh so many tunes! Great! Many thanks.. Chris Danes Santa Monica, CA 90405 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 13:44:14 -0500 From: Arnold Day (arnieday@optonline.net) Subject: Your Piano Roll Site What an incredible achievement.....congratulations and thanks! Whether for research or just listening to the midi files, this could keep one busy for months! Best regards, Arnold Day +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2005 01:52:13 -0500 (EST) From: N9544c@aol.com Subject: Piano Rolls I don't know what I can say to that already posted on your site! I am in awe of your commitment and dedication to this project and am enjoying the fruits of your labor on my newly acquired Disklavier MX100 II. Not only have I enjoyed the music but I have learned so much about these early musical compositions and performance styles. Thank you again for your contribution to historical preservation and for increasing the enjoyment of my piano. Best Regards, Michael ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 From: John Scattergood Subject: Piano Rolls I must congratulate you on your expertise and on your pleasure that you have given myself and others like me,,,Old and decrepit, but like to remember Music as it was.. At least this music has been saved for posperity now,,The very best of luck to you and your friends for your efforts, John Mr. John,L,S,Scattergood ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 16:28:45 -0800 From: "Dick G. Wamser" (snapp@computerconnect.net) Subject: congratulations Hello Terry: I came across your web site by accident, looking for information about Frank Milne. Needless to say, words cannot convey my enthusiasm and enjoyment of your efforts. I cannot even imagine the time and dedication it took to do what you've done. I again thank you for this treasure of treasures. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 03 Mar 2005 10:08:44 -0800 From: Theta Sigma (thetasig@comcast.net) Subject: Piano Rolls Wow! - I had just finished working on the Wikipedia.com page on players pianos when I somehow accidentally stumbled onto your web site. I will have a ball playing the batches of rolls that you have kindly posted. It is a wonderful service for the player piano owner who, otherwise, would not be able to find media to hear these wonderful old titles. Many Thanks, again, for the scans. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 21:15:34 -0500 (EST) From: Devon3000@aol.com Subject: Hi I have downoaded almost all the files you offer. So far, I've gone through only the popular music in volumes 1-5. Thanks so much for sharing. You have no idea how many people have listened to your efforts here in DeKalb, Illinois. Devon Hollingsworth ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 15:08:30 +1100 From: Ken Chant (kdchant@vision.edu) Subject: piano rolls Only this morning I discovered your piano-roll site. What a wonderful idea! What hours of sheer pleasure! More than 60 years ago I used to play my grandmother's pianola, and never thought to hear its special sound again. Already I have downloaded some of your files (enough for several hours), and they have been playing merrily in the background as I work on my computer. So once again, thank you for a delightful serendipity. Despite its pitfalls, what a truly marvellous boon we now possess in the www. With my best wishes, Ken Chant ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2005 17:27:44 -0500 From: Bryant Stott (bstott@WHDH.COM) Subject: Piano Roll Midi Files I have been enjoying your MIDI files and wishing someone could turn them back into rolls so player owners could enjoy them in their original format. There are many fine tunes I would like to add to my collection. Thanks for making them available at least for listening pleasure. Bryant S. Stott ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 18:29:56 -0700 From: sh (sh@uneedspeed.net) Subject: Big Thank You Just a Big Thank You for all the time and effort you have put into this site. As a kid I remember going to the neighbor's house and peddling the old player piano...what a treat! Thank You! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 21:06:07 -0500 From: Dan Rowland Subject: player piano roll scans I have enjoyed your piano roll scans frequently and recognize many of them as rolls I have or have had. You must have put a tremendous amount of effort into scanning such a large volume of rolls and then making them available for many others to enjoy. Thank you so much. I have a player piano and probably 150 rolls that are quickly deteriorating. I came by them several years ago when in the classified adds appeared "Player piano rolls-50 cents each" I knew the value of the old rolls and paid a visit to the advertiser. I took all the rolls he had and he threw in the piano free of charge. The piano needs some repair now because it is tearing up my rolls along the edges and the paper is so brittle it doesn't take much to destroy them. I have downloaded some 2369 of your scans and written them to disk. I pop in the disk and listen to several every day. I like this because by clicking a button you can watch as the notes are streamed across the screen giving the appearance of the actual roll being played. Some of the midis I have converted from midi to Wav then to mp3 which allows me to play them in the car. Who would ever have guessed 20 years ago that the old rolls would be preserved in such a way. Thanks to you I have quite a library of the old timers never to be destroyed through time or on my old piano. Dan Rowland (derowland@hotmail.com) ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 11:55:09 -0800 From: Lisa Kirsch (flygirl@flygirlonline.com) Subject: My Grandma Thanks You :) Hi, I just downloaded some of your MIDI file batches, and I can't thank you enough. My grandma is having a blast. She wanted to hear the song "America, I Love You" at first (I found you with Google) and we just kept going from there. Amazing, and thank you very much again. Lisa +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2005 10:30:10 -0800 From: Russell Taliaferro (rgtalif@cox.net) Subject: Your piano roll zip files I want to thank you for the time and effort you have put into making the transcriptions of the piano rolls that are available on your site. I have copied some of the zip files and have found copies of songs I remember and that are impossible to find elsewhere (eg: Angels Flight by Gaetano Braga-on Batch 12). I am 86 years old. I looked at your copying setup and marveled at all the work involved. Thanks again Really wonderful!!! Russell Taliaferro Escondido, CA. USA ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2005 22:34:09 -0500 From: RD George (javry@comcast.net) Subject: WOW MAN....WHAT A SITE! I've downloaded quite a few of your midis for study. Great work....keep it up. RD George Very Novice Stride pianist Knoxville, TN 37932 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2005 12:52:47 -0800 From: Jeff Bell (jeff1521@comcast.net) Subject: First, I'd like to thank you for sharing your midi files! I play piano, and love music from the 1910s and 1920s; consequently, I very much enjoy listening to the files you've posted. A little over a year ago, I finally acquired a neglected player piano of my own, but have only just started building a collection of rolls. However, my neighbor has dozens of rolls and a player piano of her own. I told her about your efforts to preserve the rolls and the machine by which they may be transcribed to an electronic format. Is there someone in our area that could scan the rolls? Thanks again for all your work, Sincerely, Jeff Bell Seattle, WA ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 09 Jan 2005 13:35:17 -0500 From: mezco@davemez.com Subject: Piano Roll Scanner Last night, I discovered your wonderful web site and was blown away! I'm glad that I'm not the only one on the planet who has ever thought about converting rolls to midi. There's been a pianola in my family all my life (I'm 40 now), and the piano is starting to get tired, as well as the rolls themselves, and I rarely get to use it. I have downloaded your midi files and am enjoying them immensely!!! Thanks so much for making this a reality. Dave Miserendino NY, USA +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005 09:34:54 -0700 From: JohnnyZingoTV (johnnyzingotv@gawab.com) Subject: fine job Terry! Wow....what a gold mine.......I came upon your site by chance....looking for Tanbourin Chinois..... The hours you must have put in doing all those songs.... John-Hans Melcher of Santa Fe NM +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005 22:28:22 +1100 From: pnaleahy (pnaleahy@satlink.com.au) Subject: Re: Roll Scans I have been fascinated by your web page and commend your considerable endeavours to preserve the performances of the early pianists by the construction and commissioning of the roll scanner &ct. Making all the files available is a magnanimous gesture which is sure to provide much pleasure to those who, like myself, get great pleasure from the piano and especially from the earlier recording pianists. Keep up the good work. Philip Leahy +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 05 Jan 2005 20:23:56 -0500 (EST) From: (Anesthist@aol.com) Subject: midi Thank you so much for preserving this wonderful music from the past. It represents an entire art form that many people of today have never enjoyed. I take care of my 88 year old mother and she just loves the music from that era as well as the classics. Wayne Mullinax ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2005 11:44:13 +1100 From: pnaleahy (naleahy@satlink.com.au) Subject: Duo-Art Roll Scans Hi there, I have been very impressed with the quality of the scanned pianola midi rolls which you have made available on your web page, they are marvellous, and mostly play very well. Cngratulations on a very useful, great and comprehensive work. Philip ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 08:21:12 +0000 From: Alan Jackson (ajackson@waitrose.com) Subject: Player Piano Rebirth I was amazed at the content. What a fantastic project you have embarked upon and an exceptional resource of tunes in midi format. They sound great on my Yamaha PSR 3000 keyboard. Regards, Alan Jackson ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 14:26:32 +0100 From: Eva (evaf1@gmx.de) Subject: Your Website I am overwhelmed with what you did! Such a treasure. I've bought some books with old songs in it, and I am so glad to find some of them on your site! I am only a piano beginner, and it is so useful to hear the songs before I begin practicing them. Thank you so much for all your work! Eva Fitz ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 10:17:46 -0500 From: Ray Thigpen (rthigpen@alltel.net) Subject: RE: Batch 15 of Piano Roll Scans Uploaded Thanks, Terry, for your continued dedication to these Piano Rolls in MIDI format. I love downloading them... listening to them and then picking the ones I like... and then converting them to WAV files and burning me a CD of my favorites. I love listening to them. Thanks again for all your hard work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a terrific gift you give to the Internet World. Ray Thigpen +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2004 10:27:26 -0500 From: Edward Getley (onlyoneman@verizon.net) Subject: RE: Batch 14 of my piano roll midi files uploaded Thank you Terry! Appreciate the Excel file also- very easy to rearrange, etc. You are very much appreciated by all the DUG members. Ed Getley in New Jersey ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 From: Artst29@aol.com Subject: Piano Rolls I very much enjoyed visiting your website. Congratulations on your preservation of this important part of our musical heritage. Thank you very much. Steve +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 From: Andy & Shell (andyshell@onetel.com) Subject: Wonderful site! Thanks for such a wonderful site. I've just stumbled across it whilst browsing the net for midi files. For those of us who need Braille music, there's a fabulous new service on the net who will Braille out music from a midi file on an individual basis, so this is just what I was looking for. Must have taken you absolutely ages to get this all together, it's a great resource. Anyway, thanks again, but now I've downloaded all the zip files I better make a start on listening to some. Cheers for Now Shell. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 11:55:07 -0400 From: Jim Flanagan (jimpe@webjogger.net) Subject: Gratitude for your efort As a player of the piano, and as a guy who rebuilt a Welte in the mid- 60's - rescued at that time from destruction, I really appreciate your effort. Many years ago I did think about doing what you have accomplished. But you did it excellently! I have a few old rolls left. I'll send the titles to you - and send them if you wish. Regards - and thanks Jim Flanagan, Red Hook, NY +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 12:31:02 -0400 (EDT) From: Rodman42866@aol.com Subject: scanning rolls I always appreciate your scanned files that you place on your web page. I have some piano rolls that I would scanned. I am interested in purchasing or building a scanner of my own. I have been on your web page and looked at the designs but still have no clue on how to build one. If you know of anyone that makes them to sell or has one to sell, please let me know. I have about 12 old piano rolls that I would like to share with the group, do I just need to mail those to you? Thanks, Rodney Jones ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 05:32:31 -0400 (EDT) From: Billfmasters1956@aol.com Subject: Batch 13 I would like to tell you how much I appreciate your effort in scanning all of the Player Piano rolls. They are great! Bill F. Masters ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 20:15:21 +1000 From: Eugene Lau (eugenelau18@hotmail.com) Subject: sheet music You are doing a great thing for the digitization of player piano music. Your midi library is phenomenal!! Not until I've been to your website, I wouldn't even have imagined that someone would be interested in conserving player piano music. I was wondering if you could direct me to the source of sheet music to some of your player piano rolls. I quite like your version of 12th st rag and love me tender. I've tried sheetmusicplus.com without much luck. Regards Eugene ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 09:43:33 -0500 From: richmu (richmu@cox-internet.com) Subject: rebirth site Just a note of THANKS for this site. Player Piano Rebirth is very much appreciated.... Thank you for sharing such a resource. Richard Musick Sr +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 07:47:18 -0700 From: Jerry Dutcher (gldutcher@earthlink.net) Subject: Re: Batch 13 Midi Files Upload Thanks once again for a priceless collection of gems. Your collection is incredible, and a lot of us out here are really grateful beyond words for all the time and effort you're dedicating to this task. Jerry Dutcher ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 00:33:16 -0700 (PDT) From: Dennis Aman (dennis_aman@yahoo.com) Re: Free Piano Roll Midi Files I am constantly stunned and grateful that you have made this service/these rolls available for free to the use of people who want use them for their personal enjoyment for FREE!!! I find myself asking, "Is there a catch?" Please pardon my skepticism; I understand that this has been done for prosterity's stake/archiving. I find this type of sharing sadly infrequent, yet refreshing and not completely extinct in the world. Is there anything that I might be able to do for you? Is there any way I can help to make more rolls available to our piano roll community? (signed) A proud protector of +2000 electronic piano rolls that work very well on a Yamaha DU1A in San Francisco. Dennis Aman ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 03:38:01 -0400 (EDT) From: TOMAINLA@aol.com Subject: batch 13 midi files Thanks again for your continuous efforts in saving this terrific music. It sounds great on my Pianodisc player. Tom Anderson ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 22:19:09 -0400 (EDT) From: KerrRichardH@aol.com Subject: Thanks for your noble effort Many thanks for sharing your rolls and work with the rest of us. It is sincerely appreciated. You mentioned that this is batch number 13. How do I get the earlier batches? I would like to have them all to play on my new DU1A Disklavier. Sincerely, Richard H. Kerr Issaquah, WA +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 08:11:01 -0500 From: richard rizzo (jrizzo@socal.rr.com) Subject: Batch 13 Bravo, bravo to you and your colleagues Terry! These latest downloads are magnificant. They are like a time machine taking us back to the early 1900's when life was less complicated and people more civilized. Thanks again, Dick Rizzo Westminster Calif. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 22:33:17 -0500 From: "L. L. Scott" (llscott2000@bellsouth.net) Subject: Wonderful! Thank you for your player piano midis. They are wonderful, you are wonderful. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 12:37:58 -0700 From: Del Keyes (delkey@msn.com) Subject: Piano Roll Scans I ran on to some of your midi files on the internet some time ago and last night while perusing saved sites I tried yours and am enthralled with the piano roll style of playing. I know it takes two people and I am but 1 piano player but I love to listen. Do you have any other midi's, CD's Tapes or anything thatI could purchase? Love your site, Del Cheney, Washington +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 23:25:51 -0400 (EDT) From: Rodman42866@aol.com Subject: Library of Scanned Player Piano Rolls Words cannot express the thanks for all of your hard work with the piano rolls. You are preserving a part of history to be enjoyed for many generations to come. I have a player piano and it is wonderful to listen to the midi files from the rolls that were made many years ago. You have brought many hours of listening pleasure to my family. Always get so excited when I see a new batch is available. Thanks, R Jones Branson, MO ++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2004 20:04:03 -0600 From: Philip Housh (tjhoush@earthlink.net) Subject: midi files Thank you so much for making available these scanned midi files. I can't express how much I appreciate the effort that you have taken to make these available. I have my own player at home but don't have the collection that you have and some of the rolls that I have are torn and are not playable any more. Thanks again!! Philip Housh ++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 01 Aug 2004 18:10:15 +1000 From: jill pullen (gomoonlight@optusnet.com.au) Subject: Thank YOU for the midis. Dear Terry, just prowling on the net this wet Sunday afternoon I found your site. How FORTUNATE for me. I am one of the few people who still like the "old' music best [and, on piano, of course] I just loved my pianola but, because of arthritis cannot use it any more. Occasionally a grandchild will "knock the dust out of it" but otherwise I rely on any good midis I have saved from the net. WOW,sure struck it rich today! Thanks a million for all your work with the old rolls, it has made one lady very happy. I downloaded ALL your midis. They will do me till I die. Kind regards and may your good works be repaid, I believe that God is just....so it will. From the bottom of the world, Tasmania, Australia. Best wishes again, Jill Pullen ++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 16:55:13 -0700 From: RSwanson (mapa-kettle@shaw.ca) Subject: Rolls I just found your site today and downloaded the files. I am extremely grateful that you have undertaken this effort. I have 20 or so rolls and I will look through the titles to see if I have any that are not listed here. Thanks Bob Swanson Courtenay +++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2004 06:48:40 -0500 From: John Durgan (thedurg@earthlink.net) Subject: your site I found your site by doing a search for midi files. I was just delivered my completely restored 1873 7'4 Decker Brothers concert grand piano with the pianomation system. I have been successful in translating midi files to pianomation using a small program I downloaded from another site. Having access to all this music is going to be great. You are to commended for putting all this together and making it available. Sincerely John Durgan ++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2004 14:09:52 -0500 From: Dan (btrdan@cox.net) Subject: wow...what files!!!! Thanks so much for all your time scanning player piano files! WOW. I have the QRS Pianomation attachment for my grand. This is absolutely fantastic. I've been PAYING a fortune for disks in the past. Your site has MUCH BETTER than what I've paid for. This must have taken you YEARS of your life to scan all of what's already scanned. I can't believe we now have record for life of piano files from the wonderful years of the player piano. I have an old 600mhZ computer hooked up to the piano which works just fine for playing files like this, using Cakewalk and the Cakewalk Jukebox to play the files. It's going to take me YEARS to listen to these files. Thanks again! Dan Talbot +++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2004 09:40:52 -0500 From: Roger Dalziel (rdalziel@pressenter.com) Subject: Batch 12 What a great batch of scans! Especially those with a "W" in the roll numbers. I was truly excited when I heard them for the first time yesterday. You are to be commended for your work. Thanks. Roger ++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2004 21:59:50 +0100 From: Tony Chesters (tony@elmslane.demon.co.uk) Subject: Piano Roll Midis I've had an amazing day playing your midi files (batch 120) on my disklavier piano. It was something approaching "seventh heaven". Not sure whether or not you understand that phrase but It was fantastic!!!!! I look forward to more of the same feelings! I intend to arrange a short recital for my friends when I shall attempt to sing along and play some clarinet too. I am just knocked out by it all. Regards Tony +++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 09 Jul 2004 21:59:50 +0100 From: Tony Chesters (tony@elmslane.demon.co.uk) Subject: Piano Roll Midis I've had an amazing day playing your midi files (batch 12) on my disklavier piano. It was something approaching "seventh heaven". Not sure whether or not you understand that phrase but It was fantastic!!!!! I look forward to more of the same feelings! I intend to arrange a short recital for my friends when I shall attempt to sing along and play some clarinet too. I am just knocked out by it all. Regards Tony ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2004 22:48:53 -0400 (EDT) From: JERFilm@aol.com Subject: Piano Roll Midis Just wanted to say thanks for making your vast collection of piano roll midis available on the net. They are a great supplement to Peter Phillips collection of AMPICO midis which I purchased a couple of years ago. I have two Technics Digital instuments, one here in Minnesota and the other at a cabin in Colorado and they sound wonderful on both of them. Jerry Rutledge Waseca, MN 56093 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 07 Jun 2004 15:26:27 -0000 From: "deanbruce84" (deanbruce@aol.com) Subject: Re: Web site where I can obtain music to download from this user group?? I'm rather new to this also, but I tried Terry Smythe's web site - members.shaw.ca/smythe/library.htm and he has over 1650 songs that he has scanned from old player piano rolls available to download and ready to play on the disklavier. I downloaded his latest batch and am ecstatic at the music available. Terry is a group member and is a hero for what he has done and continues to do by preserving this music for us. To be able to play music like what is on his site is the reason I wanted a disklavier. Love the old time player piano sound. I HIGHLY recommend this source of midi files. Hope that helps, Bruce ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 08:45:54 +0800 From: Richard Ashton (richash@iprimus.com.au) Subject: enjoying rolls in Australia Just a short note to say how much your music downloads are being enjoyed by me. My piano has taken on a new life which I very much appreciated. Thank you for the good work it would be nice to contribute to the service in some way. Kind regards Richard Ashton ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 00:16:25 -0500 From: Mike McGregor (pmcgregor11@austin.rr.com) Subject: Roll scan postings Just a note of thanks for scanning and posting the many fine roll scan emulations on your site, particularly the Ampico and Duo-Art selections. They sound wonderful, and the emulation quality is consistent. Keep up the good work. Regards, Mike McGregor Lockhart, Texas +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 11:00:15 -0400 (EDT) From: Frankie Van Cleave (fvcfax@runbox.com) Subject: Great site! I have thoroughly enjoyed the discovery of your website and commend you for the fine job you are doing to preserve piano rolls. Sincerely, Frankie Van Cleave +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 21:06:46 -0700 From: Jerry Dutcher (gldutcher@earthlink.net) Subject: Re: Batch 11 of Roll Scan Midi Files Uploaded As always, countless thanks from all of us and also the future generations who will continue to enjoy these recordings for years (centuries?) to come. And yes, these files do get played. I held a soiree last week featuring my new DKV, and used a number of your files to show the audience the legacy we've inherited from these rolls. Jerry Dutcher +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 From: Ray Thigpen (rthigpen@alltel.net) Subject: REBIRTH website I found your website today and was totally amazed, surprised and shocked! This has fascinated me all day long. I am just overjoyed and totally amazed. Thank you for YOUR site and I'm delighted to find the many others that are out there. Thanks to geniuses like YOU, the old rolls will always play... even if it is through new rolls or midi files. Hallelujah!!!!! Ray Thigpen +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 18 May 2004 21:56:14 -0500 From: Paul Wright (pwright7@cox.net) Thank you so much for the effort you have expended in midifying these great old piano rolls! I have derived many hours of listening pleasure from them. Thank you and keep up the good work! Dr. Paul Wright Wichita, Kansas ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 20:44:39 -0400 From: Bill Wetzel (wrwetzel@fastmail.fm) Subject: your roll scanning project I was just introduced to your site by a colleague. I am in awe. My hat off to you for your accomplishment. My congratulations on your work. Bill +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 06 May 2004 22:12:49 -0400 (EDT) From: Linda (llovlinda@videotron.ca) Subject: Midi Roll Scans Thank you for sharing your music! It's really well done! you did a terific job transfering those piano rolls to midi files, Thanks Again +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2004 17:24:27 -0400 From: "Mark S. Chester" (mschester@msn.com) Subject: roll scans Thank you sincerely for the effort you have put into this project. Future generations will be able to enjoy music that truly evokes the spirit of its times, as witnessed already by the nature of the evolution of player roll arranging style from the early era through the ragtime and jazz ages. I will derive immense satisfaction from listening, as well as learning more about MIDI and trying to learn how to "morph" some of these arrangements into something that would show off well on the Wurlitzer 165 scale, as I hope someday to do my own arranging for that instrument with a particular emphasis on songs from the pre-WWI period. Best regards, Mark ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2004 16:19:13 -0700 From: lunardi (lunardi@sbcglobal.net) Subject: Player rolls I've just spent some more time this afternoon listening to some of the batch 10 songs on our Yamaha upright. My 12-year old started singing as soon as she heard 9688S "I Enjoy Being a Girl". Evidently she had learned the words for an audition (community theatre is her hobby of several years now). Amazing how music transcends the ages! Thanks for helping to make these moments possible. Rich Lunardi San Mateo, CA +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 21:41:27 -0500 From: Dick Partos (rpartos@cox.net) Subject: Re: Roll Scans Wow!! Those are fantastic! I can't thank you enough for these and for the work you are doing. Best Regards, Dick +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 13:01:17 -0800 From: "James F. Bond" (jfbond@whidbey.net) Subject: Piano Roll MIDI files I had no idea that this technology even existed. I stumbled on a few of the piano roll midi files over at the Music for Pianos site. I tried them out with my Mac sequencer and the Kurzweil piano. I must say that your conversions are excellent. I then recorded them as .WAV files on the PC from the Mac sequencer and wrote an audio CD. This I gave to the old couple next door as they have no way to play a midi file but do have a CD player. The lady was quite an accomplished piano player in her younger days but serious illness has put an end to it. They enjoy them immensely. I was amazed how they brought back fond memories of my childhood in the '40s. Anyway, a big thank you to all of you involved in this project. I also agree that this particular era of music should be preserved for the future. jb +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 04 Mar 2004 21:43:09 +0000 From: Eric Halstead (musicforpianos@digiserve.co.uk) Subject: Piano Rolls/MIDI Files Having recently discovered your wonderful collection I would like to thank you for making this available to the rest of the world. I will post a link to your site from the links page of my web-site as soon as possible. Eric Halstead http://www.digiserve.co.uk/musicforpianos/ +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 09:09:43 +0100 From: Herklotz Michael (MHerklotz@de.pepperl-fuchs.com) Subject: Your wonderful Roll Scans I want to thank you for your wonderful work of scanning these piano rolls and offer them for download on your page. I have a PianoCorder Piano and now have the possibility (with the help of Mark Fontana's MID2PC tool) to listen to hundreds of these music rolls. Best regards, Michael Herklotz Germany ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 23:21:33 -0800 From: lunardi (lunardi@sbcglobal.net) Subject: Batch No 9 I've spent many, many hours enjoying the player piano roll scans that you have shared. Thanks once again very much for your investment in this preservation effort. Rich Lunardi San Mateo, CA ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2004 03:27:10 -0500 (EST) From: Billfmasters1956@aol.com Subject: Good Job Looking for accessories for my player piano I came across the Yahoo group and then followed that to your site. For years I have wondered if there was anybody doing anything to try to preserve the piano rolls. The job you have take on must take quite a few hours just to capture just a few rolls. For the heck of I scanned down the lists of songs and downloaded a song that I myself have for my piano. When I played the song, I couldn't believe how the timing and everything matched right up the my roll. That's great! I just wanted to write and say thank you for caring. You can't believe how much I enjoy my pianos. Once again thanks, Bill Masters Hayward, Ca. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 14:19:36 -0600 From: mjc (mcrane@lcom.net) Subject: Thank you! To: smythe@shaw.ca With great luck, I came upon your website and all of the midi files you have available. Thank you so much for them and all the work you've done converting the music. I can only imagine how much time and effort you've put into all of this. Michael Crane West Branch, Iowa ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 From: Vincent Morgan (vincent.morgan2@verizon.net) Subject: Thanks for the music To: smythe@shaw.ca Dear Terry, I just want to say thanks for the music. I have downloaded the piano rolls onto my computer and listen to them often. I can now queue up 1 or all 947 or so rolls and listen as long as I want. Today I queued up all of them in sequence. But that is longer than I can stay in my office. I can also queue them up in any order that I want. It is great. You have made a wonderful contribution to my life. Vincent Morgan, NY City ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 08 Jan 2004 22:52:09 -0600 From: "Enchante@dmmorgan.com" (enchante@dmmorgan.com) Subject: Re: Midi Links To: Terry Smythe Ohhhhhhhh MY I am EXCITED over all your files!!!! We of today must keep these treasures alive by means of internet and or other ways. You are certainly doing your part!!!! I hope your page gets more recognition I can't thank you enough.. Enchante` ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2004 09:48:39 -0600 From: "C. B. Rykken" (cbrykken@visitmail.com) Subject: thanks for the rolls Just a note to express my gratitude for your project, the best thing that's happened to me so far in '04. To find a piano roll of "Sleep, Baby, Sleep" is a wonderful buzz. Thanks so much! --C. B. Rykken (St. Paul, MN, USA) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2004 00:47:09 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time) From: John Del Carlo (johndelcarlo@cognifast.com) Subject: A big thank you for your midi files........ I wanted to say thank you for your huge selection of midi files of the piano rolls. I have had a Pianocorder for about 20 years now. It was limited to the cassete tapes I had bought, which numbered about 8 Volumes of the Classics and a few of the Ragtime ones. Also, I bought many of the single tapes they put out. After listening to them over the years, I became tired of them. Along comes Mark Fontana. He just released some software to take midi files like yours, play them through Winamp on a laptop through the pianocorder. Now, there is such a plethora of music out there, it's heaven! I am a professional musician, so I really appreciate all this great music that I can play now. Thank you for your excellent collection of midi files, and making them public!! Sincerely, John Del Carlo +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 00:09:01 +0800 From: John Sutton (john.sutton@myrealbox.com) Subject: How to get Batches 1-4? Thank you for your dilligence in scanning and posting all of these old piano rolls. Non only have you created an archive, but you have shared with the world this treasure. I have just purchased a Disklavier upright. I found it in Hong Kong and have successfully imported it to China. It may be the only one for many, many miles around. Certainly my Chinese friends here have never seen anything like it. Now I am trying to find good files to download and convert to Yamaha format to play. Best regards from the other side of the globe, John Sutton +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 23:54:52 -0500 From: Paul Houghton (pdhough@cogeco.ca) Subject: Player Piano Music I am 73 and I often reflect upon cherished memories in my long ago childhood, and a week or so I was thinking about my mother taking me to someone's house and they had a player piano. I have wracked my brain and I can't remember where it was but I remember a man sitting down at the keyboard and pretending he was playing the piano, then he said he was going to give his right hand a rest and the keys were still going up and down. Then he took the other hand off and us kids sat there amazed while the piano kept playing on. We spent the afternoon listening to the music, roll after roll. That is one of my fondest memories. You can't imagine my enjoyment after stumbling on your site. I took the liberty of downloading all your zips. I commend you for all the work you have done in preserving history. Thanks again for making all this wonderful music available. All the best Paul Houghton ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++= Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 02:16:16 -0800 From: blackwood (blackwood@ispwest.com) Subject: Rebirth Thanks so much for making these piano roll midi files available on the = internet. It is such fun to hear these long-gone pianists tinkling away again = through the magic of modern technology and your wonderful efforts. They are the perfect antidote to some of this century's quentionable = musical offerings. sincerely, Phil Tills San Francisco ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 08:54:53 -0800 From: jrizzo (jrizzo@socal.rr.com) Subject: Re: Batch 7 Released (thanks) I strongly disagree with your comment that the files sound like a pianola and not a "real" pianist playing them. The files that Terry gave us by Hoffman, Liberace, Paderewski.. Rachmaninoff and numerous others to name a few are as "live" as one can get. Maybe I have misunderstood your comment. My C7 has never sounded like a pianola even when it is playing "pianola" style music. Dick ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 09:50:38 -0600 From: "JORGE FERNANDEZ (3855)" (jorgefdez@deacero.com) Subject: RE: Batch 7 Released (thanks) When listening to the files of the first batch, I assumed that the best rolls will be post first and that in the subsequent batches the quality and importance of the pieces will be less and less. Wrong! Each new batch is a box full of nice surprises, to the point that after listening them on my DKV I always end wondering what is hidden to us in the rolls still waiting to be converted. Most of us will agree that when listening to this files on the DKV they do not sound like a real pianist playing a real piano, no, they sound like a real pianola (piano player) playing piano rolls and this is the final point. I agree with some of you have expressed that this is a treasure. For those of us that sit and relax on our favorite sofa to have this weird mix of a stream of memories and joy this is invaluable. I can not find the words to express my gratitude to Terry for his decision to share with us the results of his remarkable job. Saludos Jorge Fernandez ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2003 01:17:29 -0500 From: "Chang, Wayne" (WChang@FDIC.gov) Subject: RE: Batch 7 Released I copied the unzipped midi files to 3 HD (high density) disks and played on MX100 IIXG, they sound as live as one could ever get!! Wayne ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 22:35:42 +0100 From: tjakovanschie@castel.nl Subject: Re: Volume Levels? Thanks for that lovely new set of old pianola/ampico pieces! I play them back on my Silent Yamaha Disklavier, and they sound great! What a treasure! Keep up the good work! Regards, Tjako van Schie, pianist http://www.tjakovanschie.com +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 15:11:24 -0500 (EST) From: EJDuke2000@aol.com Subject: Batch 7 A resounding success. I successfully downloaded the Batch and am playing it on my MX80. Outstanding. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Ed Duke High Springs, FL ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 11:01:02 -0600 From: "JORGE FERNANDEZ (3855)" (jorgefdez@deacero.com) Subject: RE: Batch 7 Released I tried, just now without a problem; the file is now in my PC. I unzipped it and now I am listening one of these great rolls. Thanks again to Terry. Saludos Jorge Fernandez (Mexico) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 00:51:21 -0500 (EST) From: Leartom@aol.com Subject: Thanks for the latest batch! I am playing your latest batch right now. I can play all your scans on my Weber upright by way of the Pianocorder Obensetzer and they sound great! Thanks for the latest batch. Tom Lear ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 09:46:09 -0500 From: "Gewartowski, John" (John.Gewartowski@TycoHealthcare.com) Subject: Thanks! Thanks for sharing your piano roll scans! They are awesome. I am new to the Disklavier group, and I am still awaiting finalization of my piano purchase, but I will be all set once it arrives to play your great music! John W. Gewartowski ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++= Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2003 22:26:16 -0600 (CST) From: "Mark A. Fontana" (mfontana@frontiernet.net) Subject: Re: [disklavier] Batch 7 Released Thanks so much for these! I listen to your roll scans nearly every day, and my 16-month old son is already crazy about the player piano. About how many batches are left before you exhaust your collection? Best regards, Mark +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 14:25:24 +0000 (GMT) From: Keith Hodson (rochwood2002@yahoo.co.uk) Subject: Piano Roll Transcriptions to MIDI I just found your piano roll transcriptions and downloaded the zip files. Amazing! Every encouragement Keith Hodson +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 12:04:20 +0100 (BST) From: lionelsion (salkindeu@yahoo.ie) Subject: batch query Many thanks for a brilliant web site...fabulous! A newcomer Lionel S UK +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 20:51:52 -0400 From: Susan Meseraull (meseraull@fuse.net) Subject: Player Piano Midi Files What wonderful music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All my life I have been addicted to player pianos, but never had enough money to own one. Maybe someday...............I'm a 50 year old teacher who was raised in a family that sang "the good old songs" around the piano for entertainment on Saturday nights. I still remember my dad's deep voice on "Whispering" and "Frankie and Johnny." He died when I was only 18. The only song I'm missing that he used to sing now is "Good night Sweetheart." That was my lullabye when a tiny girl rocked in his arms. Thank you so much for making the midis available. Sincerely, Susan Meseraull E-mail: susan@teachersusan.net Web Site: Http://www.teachersusan.net +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2003 14:52:51 +0100 From: "Arleigh B. Baker" (arleighbbaker@earthlink.net) Subject: What a Great Project! What a Great Project! Thank you for sharing this music. I know a few folks who love those old songs. I will tell them about your site. Best Wishes, Arleigh http://home.earthlink.net/~arleighbbaker/ ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2003 20:00:05 -0700 (PDT) From: "Jim L." (jim423@yahoo.com) Subject: Recent Scannings I just wanted to thank you for all your hard work in scanning all of those rolls. I am fortunate enough to have a YAMAHA Clavinova and can hear the results of your scanned rolls on this instrument. I almost feel I have a player piano! Again, I appreciate all of your efforts. -Jim Levy Sarasota, Florida ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++= Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 09:14:03 EDT From: rjtolsma@aol.com Subject: Re: Re: Batch 6 of Midi Files Uploaded Just a note of thanks for taking the time for this labor of love. There are some real gems in these collections. This is exactly the type of thing I wanted to hear on my disklavier, and I'm enjoying them immensely. Rich Tolsma ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 00:44:18 -0700 (PDT) From: Rich Lunardi (palealiens@yahoo.com) Subject: Re: [disklavier] New Midi Files Uploaded This preservation and sharing of player rolls is fantastic. Thanks so much for your contribution to piano music fans worldwide. We will enjoy for years to come. Rich Lunardi San Mateo, CA +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 10:22:53 -0600 From: Craig Johnson (johnsoncr@iit.edu) Subject: roll scan thanks I just wanted to thank you for making your roll scans available to the internet. I enjoy them very much. I work in a machine shop and we have them playing most of the day. (Everyone might not enjoy them as much as I do sadly.) I play them through a Steinway SounfFont and they sound great. I am sure scanning all of these rolls represents a significant amount of work. Are you going to put all 1200 of your rolls online? Thanks again, Craig Johsnon +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 19:59:30 -0000 From: "fkagel" (fkagel@freeholdcomputer.com) Subject: Re: New Midi Files Uploaded Incredible amount of work or love! Thnx. Fred Kagel, Dir. Freehold Computer Training Ctr. www.freeholdcomputer.com ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2003 15:21:18 +0200 From: Benjamin Intartaglia (Benjamin.intartaglia@wanadoo.fr) Subject: Re: Question about DA artists. I've just seen that you've updated your website, and I'd like to thank you for your invaluable offer to all pianists and musicians who love good music - Keep up the good work, Terry! Gratefully, Benjamin +++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 22:28:23 -0400 From: Jim (jeskrocki@sbcglobal.net) Subject: Thanks again Thanks again for the converted piano rolls... I've had the disklavier playing all evening. I e-mailed a couple files to my aunt, when I found a couple more arrangements that I knew she had years ago. It's so great to have you preserving the old time arrangements!!!! Thanks so much! Jim Skrocki jeskrocki@sbcglobal.net ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 19:13:36 -0500 (CDT) From: "Mark A. Fontana" (mfontana@frontiernet.net) Subject: Re: New Midi Files Uploaded Thanks so much for making these wonderful scans available to others. I have been playing them on a Pianocorder (solenoid-based) system that I have interfaced to my computer using a specially-modified version of the WINAMP media player and custom hardware. It is rewarding to finally have all the hardware and software work together properly, and even more so with great music to play on it. Your scans sound terrific, and the Pianocorder's ability to play as many notes as you can throw at it comes in handy for some of these "busy" 88-note rolls. Please keep up the excellent work! I look forward to the next batch. Best regard, Mark Fontana ++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 18:21:21 -0400 From: Dave (dshippy3@insightbb.com) Subject: Re: New Midi Files Uploaded Thanks for all the midi files from piano music rolls. They're great! Dave Shippy Lexington, KY ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 08:18:09 -0400 From: sterrett (sterrett@centurytel.net) Subject: Re: Player Piano Rebirth Just wanted to thank you for the amazing site you have. I really have enjoyed the midis that you have there. Marilyn ++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 09:09:28 -0400 From: "Danny" (simpsond@usit.net) Subject: Re: Player Piano Music Like Carol, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your efforts with us here. These files are marvelous and work extremely well with the Disklavier! Anyone who has not had the chance to listen to these should try them out. Also, a big thanks again to Richard Stibbons who helped me with some dynamics problems that I was having with some MIDI translations over to my Disklavier a couple of months ago... Danny Simpson ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date sent: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 07:50:30 -0400 (EDT) From: musikdrama@aol.com I want to congratulate you on a terrific and entertaining bunch of MIDI's, which I'm sure is going to give me an enormous amount of pleasure. I've only listened to a few of them so far, but I know I'll be returning to your site often! Many thanks for your very important preservation work! Best wishes, Steve Lichtenstein +++++++++++++++++ Terry, I just want to let you know that in the 10 years of ownership of my Disklavier I enjoyed listening more hours than ever. It is just great what you have offered to the World of Disklaviers users. Many thanks, appreciate your work. Best regards, Cees Kikstra, The Netherlands +++++++++++++++++ Date sent: Fri, 30 May 2003 09:58:45 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time) From: Ray DiPilla (rayad@fuse.net) Subject: RE: OOPS! T Wow! What a treasure! Thank you so much. +++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 20:45:01 -0700 From: Doug Stuart (dsstuart@mindspring.com) Subject: Thanks for the music! Thanks so much for sharing all of the work that you've put into your player-roll scans. You're really making a significant contribution to the preservation of this wonderful old music. We, and future generations, are indebted to the efforts of you and those who have worked with you. Doug Stuart ++++++++++++++++ Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 11:35:08 +1000 From: bdrussell (bdrussell@telstra.com) Subject: Roll Scanner Congratulations on all of the good work. I would love to purchase copies of the scans when you have them available. I own a disklavier and presume that they will be compatible with it. Regards BDR ++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 21:06:43 -0400 From: Peter Brown (pbrown@mevex.com) Subject: Form posted from Microsoft Internet Explorer. Today I found out about your work recovering piano rolls and tried out some on my disklavier. remarkable. thank you for saving that amazing music. rachmaninoff playing liebesfreud was great and............it sounded like he was mad that he hadn't written it. hats off to you, peter brown ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 27 May 2003 11:42:03 -0700 From: Bob O'Donnell (bob@everythingcomputers.com) Subject: Piano Roll MIDI Files Dear Mr. Smythe, First of all, let me thank you for your extraordinary work and generosity in sharing these files with the world. As a Disklavier owner, I'm intrigued and excited to hear some of the files you've created--in fact I heard about your work through the Disklavier User's Group (DUG) mailing list. I'm writing this note to take you up on your offer to receive all the MIDI files zipped together in a single file. If you would be so kind, I would love to receive them. Thanks in advance. Bob O'Donnell ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 21:59:58 -0400 From: Anthony Romano (loghome@gloryroad.net) Subject: Piano Roll Scans I knew J. L Cook while wwe both worked in a U. S Post Office station in New York City in 1946. He was a dispatcher the loading doc of the station. I was in high school and worked summers as a carrier. I became intrested in Mr. Cook because he wore a pistol during work. He did this because at that time the U. S. Postal Service was concerned about armed robbery. After getting to know Mr. Cook, he invited me to his home in the Bronx, and then he gave me a tour of the factory where he worked part time, making piano rolls The reason for my visiting him and his work place was to do a photo essay school of making piano rolls. After taking the pictures, he invited me back to his home to watch him writing musical arrangements for musicians. He would play a phonograph record, and on blank music sheets, would write the part to be played for each instrument as it was being played. Even after almost fifty years, I can still recall the visit and my amazement at his musical skill. ++++++++++++++++++++++++= Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 09:05:01 -0400 (EDT) From: Carol Briggs-Erickson (cbriggs@si.umich.edu) Subject: Midi files Hi Terry, Thank you so much for your time and hard work and thoughtfulness in getting the rolls into midi files. And, thank you for sharing them with the world. I am so excited and can't wait to hear all of them. What a great idea. Carol Muskegon, Michigan +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 08:08:30 -0400 From: Herbert Harjes (herb207@earthlink.net) Subject: Request for zip of .mid files This appears to be a great addition to library of material that can = played on a disklavier. Certainly unlocking the music contained in the = old piano rolls requires a dedication and talent I can only admire. It = is very kind of you to offer them at no charge. Thank you and congratulations for all of your efforts. Herb Harjes Chelsea, MI, USA ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++= Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 21:13:24 -0400 (EDT) From: EJDuke2000@aol.com Subject: Midi Files Thanks for your efforts to preserve these rolls. The midi versions sound great on my Disklavier. May I have 'the lot in a zip file?' Thank you, Ed Duke ejduke2000@aol.com ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 20:59:49 -0400 From: BOB-RIHOUSE (bob@rihouse.com) Subject: Re: [disklavier] Player Piano Music Hi! Very impressive! I went to your website and it was fascinating! You've = done an amazing job of bridging the old world with new technology! What an undertaking! = Wow! As for the midi files... what a delight! The style and flow of a = roll-piano performance is unique... and your work has captured it directly. Quite fun to listen = to! I note in your file directories an offer... and I wonder if I could take = you up on that offer... That is, for your midi files in a zip format? You mentioned you do have = them that way and it would be a lot easier than downloading one at a time! Thanks - and keep up the good work! Appreciate your sharing the = results with everyone! Best of luck Bob ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 20:04:19 -0400 From: Dick Partos (rpartos@cox.net) Subject: Thanks Hi Terry- I just wanted to thank you for scanning and posting your piano rolls. I am greatly enjoying playing them on the midi-controlled calliope I recently built. You can see it at http://members.cox.net/rpartos Thanks, again, Dick ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 14:12:24 -0400 (EDT) From: drswiney@aol.com Subject: Thanks Mr. Smythe Terry Smythe, Thanks for making your transcriptions of the piano rolls available. I have downloaded quite a few to use on my Disklavier. I certainly appreciate your efforts. Warmest Regards, John S. Morgan ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++= Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 18:25:51 +0100 From: Alan Bramley (a.n.bramley@bath.ac.uk) Subject: Re: Player Piano Music Terry, I've sampled a few of the midi files. I think you've done a wondereful job. I would love to have a zipped up set of the files. I hope you can oblige Regards Alan Bramley +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 13:05:41 -0400 From: Jay Wisnicki (hjw@earthlink.net) Subject: RE: Player Piano Music Great....got all 3 batches....and already playing on my Disklavier. Sounds really fine, and nice to see pedal movements, which I don't get on many other midi files. Thanks again (and what fast response!!!!!!!!!) +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 11:46:38 -0400 From: Jimmy (jimmym@videotron.ca) Subject: Your site I have received notice of what you posted on the disklavier site. I would like to thank you very much for sharing this great site with us. I will certainly make great disk for my Yamaha Disklavier. I'm glad you discover our site. JImmy Montreal +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 17:04:29 +0200 From: Cees Kikstra (Cees_Kikstra@Planet.nl) Subject: Great! Many thanks for doing all these scans and all that work. It is marvelous to hear that pure early 1900 music on my disklavier. Would be great if you could send me that ZIPfile. I will listen to your work for the coming days and years. Best regards, Cees Kikstra from The Netherlands. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Thu, 22 May 2003 06:40:19 -0600 From: Matthew Walworth (mwalworth@arczip.com) Subject: roll scans Terry, I have been remiss in not dropping you a line sooner. I think it is great that you have made such good progress on your scanner. My congratulations to you. I unfortunately was one who got caught up in the initial excitement and then was brought up short by my lack of hardware skills. I truly admire what you and some of the others have been able to accomplish. My main reason for writing is twofold. First, I would like to request the zip archives of your midi files. I have downloaded a few pieces that caught my eye, but I would really like to give the entire collection a listen. Second, I was wondering why you do not post these zip archives? If it is a matter of web space or bandwidth, I would like to offer some web space that I have (around 100Mb) that I am not using. The files could reside there with links from your page. If this idea interests you, please let me know. Thank you for your time and your marvelous efforts! Sincerely, Matthew E. Walworth mwalworth@arczip.com +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 14:46:25 -0500 From: Diane M Murphy (dmurphy@tcfbank.com) Subject: Piano Rolls Thank you! Thank you for all the time you put into this... for making it available... for... well, I've been grinning since I accidentally found your site! All your hard work is APPRECIATED!!!! Diane ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


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